Tomorrow, Saturday, April 14, 2012, INPIRG will be spearheading its Annual Hunger Cleanup Event at IUB. Volunteers from throughout the community will be working with five Bloomington organizations for a day of service. The event starts at 11AM at Teter Dormitory, just east of Herman B. Wells Library at 501 N. Sunrise Dr., Bloomington, IN 47406. Sites incorporated into the project include Monroe County United Ministries, Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, Shalom Community Center, Back Street Mission, and (last but not least), us, New Hope Family Shelter.
Activities for the day include organizing donated food, cooking, working in gardens, and cleaning up the agencies, amongst other tasks. Though INPIRG performs a lot of fundraising throughout the year, this is one of those special occasions where volunteers can work directly with some of the organizations funded. As such, the day provides an opportunity for interns and volunteers to get a glimpse of what these agencies actually do, what they provide, and who they benefit. Bringing students to the event also introduces them the surrounding community, hopefully inducting or strengthening a sense of social responsibility.
The Hunger Cleanup which has taken place for 27 years, is part of an effort on the part of the nationwide network of PIRG's. It occurs across campuses throughout the country to address the problems of hunger/homelessness in their respective communities. Generally, months of preparation goes into the event, generating funds that will ultimately go into direct volunteering.
For general information, visit www.hungercleanup.org. For more information on IU Bloomington's event, please visit the Facebook event page. Set time aside to volunteer tomorrow! It's not too late!